Date of Birth: 29/11/1995
Occupation: PhD Student
Debut for club: 25/04/2010 v Ashford, away
Indoor debut: 25/10/2009 for Hursley Park ‘B’ v Hursley Park ‘C’ at Eastleigh
Batting style: Right Hand Bat
Bowling style: Right Arm Bowler
1st XI Squad Number: 61
Kit Number: 56
Representative Honours: Hampshire age groups and seniors
Hampshire Cricket League Winner 2013, 2019
Ashford 8s winner 2017, 2019
Ickenham Sixes Winner 2014
St Cross Sixes Winner 2012
Serious Cricket League Winner 2010
Batter of the Year 2013, 2014
Sarah moved to us from Hambledon at the age of 14. She immediately established herself in our Hampshire League side as a consistent opening batter who places great value on her wicket.
She made her maiden half-century for the club against Yateley in 2011 and followed it with another against St.Cross, and in 2013 she led the way as the 2s secured the Hampshire League title. She made 244 runs in that HCL season, including 94 at home to St.Cross and also made her Premier League debut for the 1s. She was voted Batter of the Year for 2013, an award that she earned again the following year when she produced a series of gritty innings in the middle-order in the tough environment of the Premier League.
Sarah went to study at Oxford University, which restricted her HP appearances for a couple of seasons, but did give her the opportunity to score a century at Lord’s! That rare feat for a female cricketer was achieved in the women’s Varsity match.
In 2017 Sarah was available more often as she regularly travelled back from Oxford, and she made a memorable match-winning 85 against Odiham (click here to read more about this memorable match). The following season saw the first year of the ECB T20 KO and Sarah proved a formidable force at the top of the order in that competition, scoring 198 runs before she was first dismissed. She shared partnerships of 215 with Sian Edwards and 167 with Courtney Lowman during the run to the final, impressive efforts in a T20 competition!
In 2019 Sarah again underpinned a Hampshire League winning season, this time forming a successful partnership with Becky Blake that posted six fifty plus opening stands and formed the basis for many good totals. In the home game against Alton she passed 1,000 Hampshire League runs for the club, the first and, so far, only HP player to reach that milestone. She has also featured in two Ashford 8s winning sides, where her bowling, rarely used in league cricket, has proved particularly effective.
During the first lockdown in 2020 Sarah sustained a serious ankle injury that prevented her from playing until the very end of the 2020 summer, but her likely unavailability for much of 2021 is for a different reason. Having obtained a BSc and Masters degree at Oxford, Sarah is now working towards her PhD in Biological Sciences at the University of Vienna. She has already joined the local cricket club there, but we will no doubt see her again at some stage in the year, as her and her family have become such an important part of HP.